Trump Whistleblower Should Be Placed in Witness Protection Because of President's Reckless Comments, Says Ex-Federal Prosecutor

A veteran former federal prosecutor said he believes the Ukraine whistleblower should be placed in a witness protection program because of the rhetoric used by President Donald Trump and those close to him.

Trump has repeatedly targeted the unnamed whistleblower with invective, calling them fake and highly partisan, and suggested those who gave them information that led to the complaint should be executed as spies. The White House is trying to find out the whistleblower's identity.

"It's called the Whistleblower Protection Act not the Whistleblower Destruction Act," said Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. with three decades of experience and now a legal analyst for MSNBC, during Hardball With Chris Matthews on Monday night.

When asked what should happen to the whistleblower, Kirschner said they must be put in the federal witness protection program.

"I'm sorry to say, because you have the most reckless things said by the president and by the [senior White House adviser] Stephen Millers of the world," Kirschner said.

"I'll tell you, if I were prosecuting a case and I had a witness treated the way this whistleblower was treated, I would look to lock up the people who were communicating threats against the whistleblower."

The whistleblower is, according to The New York Times, a CIA intelligence officer. They made an official complaint to the intelligence inspector general about Trump's conduct towards Ukraine and alleged efforts by White House officials to cover up the president's wrongdoing.

In the complaint, references are made to a call between Trump and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky. A transcript of that call released by the White House shows Trump asking Zelenksky for a favor and to investigate former vice president Joe Biden.

House Democrats have opened an impeachment inquiry as a consequence. Six House committees currently investigating the president will now fall under that inquiry. Democrats have accused Trump of soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 election for his benefit.

Trump denies any wrongdoing and claims to be the victim of what he calls "presidential harassment." If the House eventually votes to impeach Trump, the process moves to the Republican-controlled Senate, which could still block or derail a trial of the president.

Joseph Maguire, acting director of national intelligence, told Congress in a hearing that he believes both the whistleblower and inspector general acted with good faith, did everything by the book, and followed the law.

"I think it's unfortunate that the media continues to describe this individual as a whistleblower an honorific that this individual almost certainly does not deserve," Trump adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News Sunday.

"A partisan hit job does not make you a whistleblower just because you go through the Whistleblower Protection Act."

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US President Donald Trump speaks during the Armed Forces Welcome Ceremony in honor of the Twentieth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 30, 2019 at Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. Trump has harshly criticized an intelligence whistleblower who sounded the alarm over his conduct towards Ukraine. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images